We’re raising £200,000 to support patients at Harefield Hospital in need of life-saving transplants 

Harefield Hospital is the UK’s largest and most experienced centre for heart and lung transplants.

From April 2018 - March 2019, the Transplant Team performed 36 heart transplants and 49 lung transplants – that’s a huge 31% of lung transplants in the UK.

We're raising funds for Organ Care Systems (Heart) so, with your support, our doctors and nurses can continue to treat even more patients.

What is the Organ Care System?

The Organ Care System (OCS), keeps donated hearts and lungs in a warm, functioning state outside of the human body. This means they are viable for up to four times longer than the traditional on-ice method.

Donated organs can also come from hospitals further away, arrive in better condition and give medical staff longer to prepare for and perform life-saving surgery.

Don's story

Don Wootton was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in 2012 and referred to Royal Brompton Hospital. By the end of 2015, Don's situation had become critical. He was about to have his last Christmas with his family. 

But in February 2015 Don had a bilateral lung transplant at the Harefield Hospital and within three months he was living a near-normal life, and back to playing regular golf. Now 73, he leads a very active life: 

“The team at the Harefield gave me a new life thanks to the generosity of my donor. I have given a little back to these amazing hospitals by participating in charity events and raising funds. With your help, we can save many more lives and give others that second chance to live life to the full.”

Will's story 

Will was just 17 when he contracted a virus that attacked his heart, resulting in end-stage heart failure and the urgent need for a heart transplant. A complex case, his transplant was performed using the OCS, saving his life:

“Now I'm feeling great - I go to the gym regularly, and try to stay active in general. It's very important to me to make the most of this second chance I've been given. I'm aware of how lucky I am. 

I was bedbound for 200 days, and for much of that, I was unable to move, speak, eat, drink or even breathe for myself. Not only has my donor saved my life, and many others, but they spared my family the grief of losing a son, a brother, a grandson.” 

Read more patient stories and find out how your support can make a world of difference here. 

Thank you.